Thoughts

Merry Christmas + Happy New Year

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Hello everyone, it’s Christmas Eve!  I love this day so much, each year we bake cookies for Santa and spend the evening hours with family, and then Matt and I wrap the Santa gifts after the children go off to bed for the next morning’s excitement .  My littlest kids are 6 and 8 and still true believers, so we squeeze every ounce of enjoyment we can from watching their faces as they unwrap gifts on Christmas morning. 

Christmas is a time to focus on what’s meaningful and the older I get, the more I want to surround myself with treasures in the form of books and art.  In this digital world where so much of what we consume is online, it’s nice to turn the real pages of books, and savor up close the brushstrokes of artists. 

Last month, I commissioned my very first painting when I spied this image on Pinterest.  I visited the artist’s Etsy shop and learned the painting was sold, but Karen was kind enough to repaint it for me again and now a 16 x 20” twin sits in my living room, awaiting a new frame. 

I love this painting for everything it represents.  It’s a glimmer of sunshine on a cold winter’s day.  It’s that light at the end of a long path and if you focus on it, and travel toward it step by step, you know you’ll eventually end up surrounded by its warmth.  Like in life.  I love the colors too, the medley of blues mixed with whites, a dash of lavender, and a dose of tangerine. 

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For me, this painting also symbolic of this time of year as we turn the calendar to 2013.  It’s nice to reflect on the new opportunities for a fresh start that January brings.  Soon enough, the sunshine will melt the snow and we’ll be anticipating the blooms of spring.  Until then, I’m happy to enjoy winter for what it is, a period of dormancy.  

Nature teaches us a valuable lesson, that it’s important to rest in order to again bloom and grow, and to make the world beautiful once more.  It’s time to slow down and live in the moment, which is what I’ll be doing for the following eight days.

I’m taking this week off and will be back to blogging in the New Year.  You can find me over at Centsational Style, and I do have one roundup post scheduled here for later this week.  I’ll try to Instagram and Tweet a little, and I do enjoy Pinterest, but mostly I’m offline.  Resting.  Sleeping in.  Spending time with family and friends.  Becoming an Auntie again (my niece or nephew is due any minute!)   And taking a quick trip to the snowy mountains to appreciate this winter that will soon melt into spring.  

Thanks to all of you for taking time out of your busy lives to visit here from time to time, I’m so grateful each day for all of you!  Wishing you all the Merriest Christmas and a very Happy New Year.   I’ll be back on January 2nd. 

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So Much Sorrow

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

newtown candleYesterday was really hard for me.  I spent the morning volunteering at my kids’ elementary school like I do every Friday, loving their bright eyes and flushed cheeks so filled with the excitement of the season. 

On the way home I heard the breaking news on the Newtown shooting.  Horror and heartbreak do not begin to describe the feelings I have and I’m sure you all feel too.  I couldn’t concentrate all day, I couldn’t feel anything but shock followed by deep sorrow.  For the children, the families, the responders, their town, and our country.

I had planned to share some lovely things, links, and ideas yesterday, but they all seemed so trivial given the news of the day.  And yet I know we all have to get back to work, go back to school, get back to our lives, and do what we can to love one another and be a light in this world. 

I am the mother of elementary school children in a small town like Newtown, where the community is tight, the parents all know each other, and we care deeply for each other’s children.  The thought of the families that are suffering is overwhelming, and I can’t bring myself to talk about anything merry when there is such sadness.

I’m spending the weekend holding my family a little tighter, recognizing that loving them, and having their love is a million times more important than anything material.  Newtown, you are in my prayers.  May God’s grace bring healing and peace to us all.